What free country?

Rebirth of Reason
by Tibor R. Machan

09/26/07

When I first arrived on these shores, back in 1956, the idea that America is a free country had at least some rhetorical currency, backed by frequent enough association between the country’s founding documents and the desirability and undesirability of various public policies. Just as Abraham Lincoln, so many others who addressed what kind of laws the country ought to have tended still to invoke the authority of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and ideas from the Founders and Framers. Not that it was all hunky dory with the country then or, indeed, before. But the prevalence of ideas of basic rights — the kind that marked out one’s personal, private dominion — and liberty — of the negative sort, freedom from intrusions by others, including governments — was in plenty of evidence in public discussions, debates in Congress and so forth. Today there seems no one — other than the lone Texas Representative Ron Paul — on the political scene who is concerned with the freedom of American citizens...

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